Image Quality Compared: Landscape


The iPhone 5 has done really well here, and exposure and white balance are accurate and attractive. Edge to edge sharpness is very high and details are faithfully recorded without being over sharpened. Very close examination shows that at a pixel level, the iPhone 5 is applying slightly more aggressive sharpening than the Nokia 808, which means that images from the latter have more scope for post-capture sharpening, if that's part of your workflow. We prefer the iPhone's warmer rendering though - the Nokia 808 has delivered a fairly cool - although not unnatural - color balance. Dynamic range is clearly superior from the Nokia 808 though, thanks to its unique PureView oversampling. The iPHone 5 (and the other cameras in this comparison) show a marked tendency to clip highlights in some areas of this scene, but the 808 preserves bright detail more faithfully. 

The poorest camera here is the Samsung Galaxy SIII, which has delivered a slightly 'crunchy' image that lacks the natural sharpness of the iPhone and Nokia 808. Both it and the HTC One X display noticeable haloing when viewed at 100%, caused by over sharpening. The HTC phone has also delivered an extremely highly saturated, very contrasty scene, with large areas of the foreground almost black. There is detail in these shadow areas but it'll take a pretty extreme brightness adjustment to see it.